In pictures: Dundonald Links, home of the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

AYRSHIRE, Scotland -- Originally known as Southern Gailes, Dundonald Links was designed by Kyle Phillips, who also did the acclaimed Kingsbarns near St. Andrews. The young course was then purchased by the owners of Loch Lomand Golf Club in 2003, and the name was changed.

Dundonald means "Fort Donald," and fortifications have been discovered nearby dated to between 500 and 200 BC. Another golf course actually existed on the site, however it was converted by the military during World War II.

Although the course is just 15 years old, it already has history of playing host to big tournaments. It has been the site of European PGA Tour qualifying, the Boys Amateur Championship as well the Scottish Open for both the women (2015-17) as well as the men.

The course, if you will, is a manufactured links course with some nice water views, plenty of pot bunkers and ever-present wind. With a good variety of long and short par 4s, it's a challenge from any tees.

Staff reviews of Dundonald Links: Mike Bailey | Matt Adams | Jason Deegan

Jun 14, 2017

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.